Making Connections (Traditional)
Making Connections offers students an early start to developing important strategies to improve their listening comprehension. The textbook and audio CDs include 45 lessons arranged by difficulty. Each lesson presents a short conversation or monologue that models a real social interaction, accompanied by written exercises and additional explanations. The speakers were not given scripts, nor was the conversation limited to specific vocabulary. In other words, this is “simulated authentic language.” Each lesson is accompanied by written exercises and includes sections on vocabulary, context, and follow-up activities.
The first audio CD corresponds to the 23 lessons found in Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 and Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 2. The second audio CD contains an additional 22 lessons and offers students a chance to hear a variety of speakers talking about a wide range of subjects. Most of the recordings are set in the United States, six lessons are set in China, and three of the lessons are Chinese-language radio broadcasts from either China or Taiwan. All dialogues in the recordings are natural and unrehearsed conversations by native Mandarin Chinese speakers.
Making Connections can be used as a companion to any first or second year Chinese textbook, or on its own. With its strong emphasis on listening comprehension, Making Connections is also a great preparation tool for test-takers of the AP Chinese language and culture exam, the HSK test, and other standardized tests of Chinese. This book is in traditional characters with pinyin. Does not include transcripts.
Making Connections gives beginning and intermediate students of Chinese an early start in developing strategies to dramatically improve their listening comprehension. An effective companion to any first or second year textbook, Making Connections improves listening skills through the use of recordings of natural, unrehearsed conversations between native Mandarin speakers. Students will hear the spoken language in a variety of contexts, from chats between friends to conversations between doctor and patient to radio broadcasts. The accompanying written exercises guide students through each audio track, explaining particular aspects of the language, supplemented with related realia and cartoon illustrations. Pre- and post-listening activities train students to listen for detail and intent, and an index lists vocabulary terms by lesson, in both simplified and traditional characters.
The first 23 lessons in the book correspond to lesson topics from Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Parts 1 and 2. Lessons 24-45 offer additional situational topics that range in difficulty from novice to high-intermediate. With its strong emphasis on listening comprehension, Making Connections is a great preparation tool for standardized tests of Chinese, such as the AP* Chinese Language and Culture exam, the HSK, and others. Audio materials are available as a free MP3 download with purchase of the 2nd Edition. 1st Edition texts with audio CDs are still available.